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Music Review: The Boundaries Of Man by Kysmet - Metal - Virginia, USA | Music Discovery XO


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METAL REVIEWS

24-02-2021 02:57 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Metal artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Metal performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie band, Kysmet on Apple Music | Spotify


Kysmet
"The Boundaries Of Man"
Metal


Dirty pain

If those words mean anything to you forget about what they mean because they are about to take on a whole new meaning. This balls-out loud album is furiously satisfying. It feels dirty AND painful. It hurts so sweet. It's so indescribably good you’ll feel so wrong after doing it – you know, like some really good drugs (Oops!! So we’ve heard. Wink, wink). 

The only way you’ll be able to match the rush you'll get from this album the first time you listen to it is by jumping off a roof with your headphones on blast and listening to it (don't do it please). 

It's God's answer to bigger cocks and louder music

Don’t listen to this album if you are used to the soft stuff – you know Ozzy Osbourne, KISS and all those really tough guys with fur coats softer than Beyoncé’s booty. This record is fiery in ways you’ll never be able to comprehend unless you paid the Devil a visit in hell and grabbed him by the horns (we’ve done it before, it wasn’t pretty). When you put on your headphones and listen to it even on a moderately loud level you’ll feel like the Ghost Rider racing down a dusty old road at superhigh speed with a vengeance and a skull burning ferociously for a head. If you thought the "loudness wars", which has plagued the music industry for several decades now was a problem you’ll start to see that problem in a whole new light after listening to this. To say the 11 track extravaganza of  rage is controlled chaos is an understatement, in fact calling it purposeful chaos or desirable chaos would still not do justice explaining what you are about to hear. The only thing that is advisable is that the first time you listen to it you should probably do it with a pair of worn out speakers that you are just far enough away from to not get your head blown off. Have you seen the intro of the video for that amazing Michael Jackson record “Black Or White”? Well, just like the massive sound system used there, even the first note played on this album alone is liable to send your chair rocketing through the roof and land you somewhere in Africa surrounded by, well, Africans. 

Music Review: Pepsi Vibes by Bigmoneybrezzy - Hip Hop - Texas, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

23-02-2021 19:47 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Bigmoneybrezzy on Apple Music | Spotify


Bigmoneybrezzy
"Pepsi Vibes"
Hip Hop


Ahhhh, so refreshing!

The title of this record tells you everything you need to know and then some. The first thing it tells you is that you are about to fizzle away like the gas in a freshly cracked-open chilled soda. (You can almost hear that sound - Ssssssssssss!! Aren't you excited already?) 

 The second thing it tells you is that it will quench that thirst you’ve had for really good music, and more specifically, really good hip hop music for a very long time, whether you knew you’d been thirst of not. No, you may not have been having hiccups (if you have, breathe in a paper bag, do not put it over your head), but the watered-down lyrical content, and lack of exciting wordplay and meaningful metaphors of today’s hip hop has been severely draining your soul. Whether you knew it or not you are about to be healed and re-energized. If you thought that old lady who was shaking at the alter and saying words you’ve never heard before when the preacher put his hand on her forehead during Sunday service was peculiar or even amusing, get yourself a mirror because that is exactly what is about to happen to you. Your inner hip hop demons are about to be cast out and by the time you are done listening to this you may even have a little bit of steam coming out of your ears – but don’t worry that’s normal.

Before we get right down to the production and all the rest of the good stuff, let’s explore what the song is all about. And yes, every good song is about something. If you didn’t know that you need to throw away all your CDs (oops!!, uninstall your Spotify app) and buy yourself a Sony Cassette Tape Walkman and some music from that era so that you can find out what good music really is. For now, let’s assume you know. So here it goes. “Pepsi Vibes” is a song about enjoying what you do and being the best at it every day and every single time you do it; a simple concept for a rap record right? Well wrong. Sadly Big Money Brezzy is not that easy to decipher, or else he would be so boring to listen to, like many new rappers today who, if they said they were “going to the shop” on a record were probably well, “going to the shop”. Listen to this record and you’ll realize Brezzy is on a whole other level when it comes to songwriting. Listen a little deeper and you’ll realize he’s got the same creative flair when making beats. Listen even closer and you’ll realize that you are listening to a revolutionary musical act that could potentially change rap music and take the genre to a place where even its pioneers wouldn’t have dreamed of in their wildest dreams.

So how’s the production? Well, amazing of course. It’s not as loud as many would have wanted it to be but it makes up for it by just being amazing creatively and conceptually. The beat seems simple but much like the vocals it’s got something tucked away in every corner, with dynamics that will get your heart racing. 

So now that you know what it's all about you may proceed to gently crack it open. Don't do it too fast though, or it may spray all over your face and clothes like a 13 year old virgin fresh out of quarantine. 

Explicit.

Music Review: Drevo Upload by Coolidge - Hip Hop - Mississippi, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

22-02-2021 18:15 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Coolidge on Audiomack |


Coolidge
"DREVO Upload"
Hip Hop


You're in trouble

Following just over a week after the first single and only single from the album, “Faith”, sent shockwaves through both mainstream and underground hip hop communities far and wide, “DREVO Upload” did things no other hip hop album has done to listeners and critics for a very long time – it left them speechless, deep in thought, deeply motivated and weak at the knees, all at the same time. With only 5 tracks, it is a very compact album that packs a massive punch and it has the potential to put even the most discerning hip hop music connoisseur on their back. So before you go hitting the play button willy-nilly, think about this first – do you have a Great enough album to chase this with once you are done? If the answer is no then you are better off leaving this baby alone until your favorite rapper stops bragging about eating ass and comes out with something substantial, or it will, much like the first single “Faith”, have you feeling like there’s something missing in your life once it’s over. Of course you could always stick it on repeat and play it everyday until the resurrection of Tupac and Biggie, or until the day today’s grossly wealthy rappers get out their old bus passes and ride the bus one more time to restore the hunger and passion they once had. But of course that will never happen – you’ll never see Jay-Z riding on the bus in his pink suit and Versace hairstyle, and even if Tupac and Biggie came back they’d probably be forced to wear pink suits too to compete with the likes of Jay and Rick Ross the boss; and really short flowery shorts like Gucci Mane - that would really mess with their heads and they’d never be the same. So let’s face it, this album is trouble – but good trouble, if that makes sense.

Explicit.

Music Review: Faith by Coolidge - Hip Hop - Mississippi, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

18-02-2021 14:37 GMT


Music Reviews (February 2021) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Coolidge on Audiomack


Coolidge
"Faith"
Hip Hop


Motivation!

Released on the 22nd of January, 2021, just over a week ahead of his latest album “DREVO Upload” on the 31st, “Faith” was critically acclaimed underground hip hop sensation Drevo Coolidge’s first record of 2021, and it did well to set the tone for a year that for many marks a fresh new start and brings with it the pursuit of new endeavors. 

Motivational, with a focused and determined vibe, production that will make your heart shake, a vocal performance and lyrics that will put fire in your belly, and a juicy piano melody that will make your soul weep; this is a chart-worthy rap record that is poised to soar way beyond the boundaries of underground hip hop and take the independent Jackson, Mississippi star’s career to the next level. If you’ve been listening to throwaway music for a long time – and to be honest we are all a little guilty of that in some way or the other, even unashamedly guilty in many of those cases; this record will blow your mind to pieces and raise your bar for good hip hop music so high that the next time your favorite rapper releases a new song or album you probably won’t listen to it. So, well, sorry in advance. 

Explicit.

Music Review: Talk Riches by Wiz Kid The Weirdo - Hip Hop - Georgia, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

25-10-2020 12:07 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Wiz Kid The Weirdo on Distrokid | Spotify


Wiz Kid The Weirdo
"Talk Riches"
Hip Hop


Breath-taking

Perfect for when you are smoking and thinking, with your mind on your money and your money on your mind. Wiz Kid has been showcasing his exceptional skills as a producer recently and has delivered some pretty amazing beats, but nothing could have prepared anyone for this record. An exhilarating track that makes its own rules every bar of the way, “Talk Riches” offers a very introspective beat and a deliciously pensive feel. The vocal delivery  is seriously good - every bar is spot on. In fact, anyone who has watched Wiz evolve progressively over the past couple of years would confidently tell you he has reached a peak and is about to break some serious ground. The overall production really stands out in a spectacular way. On the surface, it may seem pretty basic in terms of instrumentation, but listen a little closer and you’ll notice how every single sound is so meticulously tweaked and positioned that you could hear a pin drop in the mild and warm yet crystal clear backdrop. As the title suggests, it’s about money, but what makes this different from the plethora of hip hop records out there about money is the masterfully tasteful way in which it was written.

Explicit.

Music Review: Keep Sake by Coolidge - Hip Hop - Mississippi, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

23-10-2020 23:23 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Coolidge on YouTube | Spotify


Coolidge
"Keep Sake"
Hip Hop


You're gonna love this

Featured on Coolidge’s critically acclaimed 2019 album, “Island Savage”, “Keep Sake” is a tantalizing, super-chilled rap song about two lovers that are in it for the long haul. Dedicate this to that special someone in your life. An exciting addition to your “Hip Hop Love Songs” playlist. 

Explicit.

Music Review: Jealousy by Honorebel - Reggae - Florida, USA | Music Discovery XO


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REGGAE REVIEWS

21-10-2020 11:03 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Reggae artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Reggae performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Honorebel on Spotify | Soundcloud


Honorebel, Herbert Skillz
"Jealousy"
Reggae


A collaborative record with one of Uganda’s top music producers, Herbert Skillz; Honorebel’s single, “Jealousy” was just one of several notable singles that did well to keep fans happy ahead of the release of his highly anticipated and long overdue album at the time, “Above The Noise”, which was released just over 4 months after to critical acclaim. The track was not featured on the album but was celebrated for several reasons including the mere fact that it had become quite rare to hear Honorebel on vocals for a whole song at the time, owing to a long series of high profile collaborative records that shaped his career and cemented his name in the history books as one of the hardest working and most successful independent reggae artists in Miami. The song gave fans a sizeable intrinsic doze of the emerging Kingston, Jamaica native's infectious performance style and unmatched songwriting skills in all their glories for 4 whole minutes. Paired with the expertise of Herbert Skillz, it didn’t stand a chance of not becoming a summer hit. 

Music Review: I'll See You Later by Wiz Kid The Weirdo - Hip Hop - Gerogia, USA | Music Discovery XO


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

19-10-2020 23:46 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Wiz Kid The Weirdo on Soundcloud


Wiz Kid The Weirdo
"I'll See You Later"
Hip Hop


“I’ll See You Later” was a pretty low-key release which sadly wasn’t given as much publicity as other Wiz Kid The Weirdo songs. It only appeared on Soundcloud and selected independent music streaming platforms, and didn’t appear alongside the rest of his repertoire on Spotify, Apple Music and popular digital music services for some reason, but it certainly deserved to. Released back in 2019, it’s a mellow track that offers a very much missed vibe in hip hop, with lyrics centered around hard work, progress, moving on, and leaving the past behind; written exquisitely, with a narrative approach.

Explicit.

Music Review: Cent With A Purpose by Tamara Bubble - Pop - New York, USA | Music Discovery XO


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POP REVIEWS

17-10-2020 23:14 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Pop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Pop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Tamara Bubble on Soundcloud | Apple Music


Tamara Bubble, Pretty Pennies
"Cent With A Purpose"
Pop


Organic pop goodness

This is one of those albums with an uncanny ability to redefine a genre in a way no other album will be able to do ever again. Hit the play button with caution if your pop music collection has a really big ego, as this fairly small and humble low budget 5 track EP could severely f* up its self-esteem. A collaborative feel-good album with fellow Brooklyn, New York indie artist, Pretty Pennies, that combines pop, hip hop and R&B in just the right proportions to create an explosive mixture packed with good vibes, the album was released at the peak of Tamara’s independent R&B career and was one of the last notable projects she released before completely switching up her style and subsequently becoming the hip hop sensation she is today.

Music Review: Moves by Cj TheBest - R&B - Texas, USA | Music Discovery XO


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R&B REVIEWS

15-10-2020 15:40 GMT


Music Reviews (October 2020) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming R&B artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie R&B performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Cj TheBest on YouTube | Spotify


Cj TheBest
"Moves"
R&B


Slow and sexy wins the race

When the history books are written this song will probably go down as one of the last real original R&B songs ever written and performed by the same artist, alongside the rest of Cj TheBest’s exquisite repertoire. “Moves” was one of the emerging Texas, US R&B star’s very first records and till this day is still a favorite of anyone who has inevitably followed ever since. Cj offers a sound that is not only unique but also pays homage to many of the exciting qualities that were typical of music by the pioneers of R&B. “Moves” came at a time when singers were starting to venture off in all directions except straight ahead in a bid to find the next big R&B sound, but Cj somehow managed to create his adhering to all the very same rules and principles that made the genre what it was in its prime.